Mally Elbaz-Almandine

"My artistic language is influenced by my cultural, material and psychological roots. My work manifests experiencing in a variety of material technologies - from traditional embroidery to oil painting. I adopt colorful motifs of folklore, and process them as an expression of Memories and dreams."

All My Fears, 2018 - Acrylic, oil and ink on canvas 100 x 100 cm

“My name is Mally Elbaz Almandin. Almandin is a purple gem, which has been an inspiration to my creativity and worldview. For me, it symbolizes a natural, basic foundation that reflects both the fieldstones that I played with as a child and the milestones in our lives. My work consists of tiny stones, atom like, particles that crystallize into molecules, into cells from which the whole process of creation is born. The choice of materials, technique, images, and composition are born from the laborious work of marking the circles of stones. It is a slow, repetitive, ceremonial marking that conjures up complex childhood memories.

The Sisyphean, obsessive process is part of the work. The numerous layers, the repetitive movements, and details present a massive double world view. The gaze of the grown-up girl floats the gaze of the lonely girl I was. What is memory? Whose image is of the world? Who controls it? I feel that the entire work is harnessed into an act of questioning, doubting, of uncertainty, but also the act of unequivocal, optimistic material presence, within the world.”

Etgar's Rabbit, 2010 - Acrylic, oil and ink on canvas 80 x 60 cm
3 Ways, 2011 - Acrylic, oil and ink on canvas 80 x 60 cm
Evening, 2013 - Acrylic, oil and ink on canvas 120 x 90 cm
Flying Away From Here, 2018 - Acrylic, oil and ink on canvas 110 x 90 cm

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